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A 59-year-old male asked:

I am a black man whose center portion of the bottom lip has been a deeper pink for a long time and would like to do something about this. ?

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Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Smoking hx?: Smoking can cause changes like this. See your docotr as with or with out smoking, some of the harmless depigmentation /hyperpigmentation need to be differentiated from precancerous conditions/early cancerous condition called leukoplakia . Early vitiligo, a condition with depigmentation from brown colour to pink as in your case is possible. See your docotr and get evalauted.
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Dr. Keimun Slaughter
Facial Plastic Surgery 14 years experience
Not many options: Unfortunately there aren't many options to change the pigment in this area. Lasers or agents such as hydroquinone would not be effective or frankly safe to use in this area. If the area is small in size, surgical excision would be a potential option but may not remove the area entirely either. Consult with a facial plastic surgeon for potential options.
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Last updated Oct 11, 2015


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